Thursday, June 14, 2012

Photography and Legal Law Collecting Artist Photos



Regarding photos with cameras, then an Egyptian mufti in the past, that is Al'Allamah Syekh Muhammad Bakhit Al Muthi'i - including one of the great scholars and mufti of his day - in his pamphlet titled "Al Jawabul Kaafi fi Ibahatit Tashwiiril Futughrafi"argued that photography was legal.
He argued that in essence photography is not included in creating activities as allegedly hadith with the phrase "yakhluqu kakhalqi" (creating like my creation ...), but the photo only holds back the shadow. More precisely, this photography is termed "reflection," as termed by the sons of the Gulf who named the photographer (photographer) as al 'akkas (repairman), because he reflected a mirror-like shadow. This activity is merely holding back the shadow or reflecting it, not like what a sculptor or painter does. Because of this, photography is not forbidden, he was condemned to change.


Fatwa Sheikh Muhammad Bakhit is approved by many scholars, and this opinion is also what I choose in my book Al Halal wal Haram.

This photography is not prohibited on the condition that the object is halal. Thus, it is not permissible to take pictures of naked or almost naked women, or take pictures of sharia-prohibited scenes. But if photographing objects that are not forbidden, such as friends or children, natural scenery, when the reception, or others, then it is permitted.

Then there are also certain conditions that are classified as emergency so that it allows photography even though the people who are glorified though, such as for matters of staffing, passports, or photographs of identity. As for collecting photographs of artists and the like, then it is not feasible for a Muslim who has a concern for his religion.


Law of Collecting Artist Photos

What is the benefit of a Muslim collecting artist photos? It is not going to collect photos like this except certain people who lack work, whose lives are only preoccupied with photographs and pictures.
As for collecting magazines in which there are photos or pictures of naked women, this is regrettable. Even more so nowadays, when pictures and photographs of women are displayed as advertising models, they are used as a trap to hunt customers. Advertising models like this are usually photographed with a sloppy appearance.

Magazines and newspapers also use such a way, they intentionally put up photos of slander women to attract buyers. Strangely, they refuse to put a picture of a young man or a parent.


However, if someone collects a particular magazine because of the news or knowledge in it - it does not mean to collect pictures or photos, even consider it as something he does not need - then it is okay to do it. But more important is to free yourself from naked pictures that deviate from manners and politeness. If he can't avoid it, then it should be stored in a place that is not easily accessible and seen by people, and let him just read the contents.


While hanging or plugging the photos are not allowed, as it is intended to glorify. And that is contrary to syara ', because merit is only directed to Allah Rabbul' Alamin.


By: Dakwatuna Tarbiyah Team


Maraji ': Contemporary Fatwas, Dr. Yusuf Qaradawi.


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